What it is
Argan oil is derived from the kernels of the argan trees. Because these trees only grow in a few regions, it is rare, hence the high price. Argan Oil contains several lipids and fatty acids like oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoliec acid, which are all beneficial for the skin. In addition, it also contains Vitamin E, phenols, carotenes and Ferulic Acid (an antioxidant).
What it does
Argan Oil is high in Linoleic Acid, which increases skin moisture and softens dry skin as well as reducing inflammation. Some studies indicate that it could also be a good treatment for psoriasis.
In addition, the oil has antioxidant properties and contains three times the amount of Vitamin E (an antioxidant) found in Olive oil.
Another study shows that a cream containing argan oil reduced sebum production. However, the study didn’t prove that this was because of argan oil but only that the cream formula diminished oiliness on the face.
Because Argan Oil is high in Oleic Acid, which is very comedogenic, it could clog pores and cause acne.